Growling Swan 01/09

Monday, 1st September – Bangpra  – Stableford


Mike & Marco Too Good At Bangpra!


Time to return to Bangpra, commonly known as “The Monkey Course” and after a late withdrawal plus one “no show” we were left with a healthy field of 23 ready to take on this challenging layout. As we met at The Growling Swan welcomes were handed out to Norm Cheetham and Walter Panici, 2 friends of mine from my old golf club in Perth, Gosnells who are regular visitors to Pattaya. We also said Bon Voyage to Robert Cross who will shortly be returning to Melbourne. It was 8.30am when we left the GS and headed off in our 2 mini vans and after driving through some rain it was fine when we arrived at the course 46 minutes later. It was quiet as usual and after checking in with our Green Fee Vouchers we were all ready to go and we sent the three ball off first at 9.50 am which was 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The golf course was in great shape with the greens up to their normal tricks and with no-one ahead of our groups we were able to maintain a steady pace. We were subjected to some drizzle for about half an hour after about the third hole but it was nothing really and did not interrupt play or make any difference to the golf course. The three ball shot away from us and we managed to complete our full round in four hours & fifteen minutes with all enjoying this fine golf course and the company was excellent as ever.


We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 15 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 16 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.


With two “in form” golfers tied on 37 points a count back was necessary to decide the winner in A Division and Mike Allidi (19 point back nine) finished ahead of Martin “Toddy” Todd (17 point back nine) in second spot with John Davis coming third with 35 points. In B Division it was Marco Beer who finished on top with a solid 36 points and another count back was needed to decide second & third places with 2 golfers on 34 points. The result was second place being awarded to Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (21 point back nine) with Thientong Charoenrung (17 point back nine) finishing third.


Results for Bangpra:


Division A – 0 to 15

1st –    Mike Allidi (2) – 37 points

2nd – Martin Todd (7) – 37 points

3rd – John Davis (14) – 35 points


Division B  – 16 and over

1st – Marco Beer (16) – 36 points

2nd – Alain Taddei (16) – 34 points

3rd – Thientong Charoenrung (18) – 34 points



2nd – Martin Todd

8th  – Martin Todd

12th – Walter Panici

17th – John Pierrel




9th – Peter Blackburn/Patrick Poussier

18th – Walter Baechli


The Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was won by Dave Neal and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Geri then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to the bar for several Aussie cold, low priced beers and lots of chatter & humour after another excellent day.

Growling Swan Golf, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to


We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.

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